By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
MOOREVILLE – The Itawamba AHS Lady Indians might mot have been as sharp as head coach Amanda Morrow would have liked on Thursday.
Still, chalk up a win for the Lady Indians.
Itawamba overcame some sluggish minutes in the first quarter to claim a 52-38 victory over the Mooreville Lady Troopers as part of the three-day Mooreville Tournament.
“Maybe we were, a little,” said Morrow, when asked if her team was rusty from the Christmas holidays. “We missed a lot of opportunities under the goal.”
The Lady Troopers (8-8) moved to an early 7-0 lead following a Skylar Gregory basket. But a pair of post field goals by Quay Dunn and Kim Mallory began a 12-0 run by the Lady Indians (9-3).
On the back end of the run, Haley Gates drained a pair of 3-pointers, and Itawamba went from a deficit to a 12-7 lead by the end of the quarter.
Dunn scored five points to begin the second period for Itawamba, and a Gates 3-pointer pushed the IAHS margin to 20-9.
Mooreville made a bit of a push coming out of the halftime break, with a pair of Savannah Webb baskets cutting the Itawamba lead to 26-19. But inside baskets by Constance Dunn and Mallory stopped the Lady Troopers momentum.
Quay Dunn, Mallory, and Gates each tallied 13 to lead IAHS, with Webb scoring 10 for Mooreville.
(B) Mooreville 70, Itawamba AHS 57: The Troopers used a nicely functioning offense to handle the Indians.
“I wasn’t disappointed with our offense, but I was disappointed with our defense,” Mooreville head coach Jeff Tally said. “We were able to get the ball up and down the court, quick.
“And when they went to a man, we were able to get the ball inside.”
Austin Timms and Kelton Kingsley each scored 17 to lead Mooreville, while Andrew McDonald scored 16 to lead IAHS.